Regarding the recent Presidential debate, mouthpiece Ann Coulter tweeted, “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.” She was referring to our President.
This week on the other side of the same world in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened a memorial to the Roma (Gypsy) and related people groups who were victims of the Holocaust. Designed by perfectly-named Israeli artist Dani Karavan, the contended sculpture and reflecting pond has “Auschwitz” by Italian poet Santino Spinelli inscribed around the rim.
And on Sunday in the Polish town of Debnow, the oldest known survivor of that notorious death camp, died at the age of 108. Antoni Dobrowloski, a teacher, was sent to the camp for violating the Nazi policy of restricting education beyond four years of elementary school. The Nazis knew that an educated people are difficult to control and ultimately dangerous to their political aspirations. After liberation, he returned to his profession as teacher in both the elementary and high school grades until his retirement.
As our elections are imminent and eminent, reflecting on the consequences of ignoring the importance of moral decisions in our voting booths is sobering.
The BBC reported Chancellor Merkel as stating, “Every single fate in this genocide is a suffering beyond understanding. Every single fate fills me with sorrow and shame. It was important to remember so that such atrocities were not repeated. It is not only the responsibility of educational institutions, as important as they are, but it’s our responsibility, it’s the responsibility of each and every one of us, because in indifference, in a culture of ‘it’s not my business’… this is where the seed of contempt for human values starts growing.”
The Nazi Party was democratically elected.
No human process is perfect. Even our cells turn malignant and change into cancer on a daily basis. Hopefully our internal systems work well and identify the potential threats, contain them, destroy them and thus allow the body to become stronger.
It is important to note that the lifesaving process of our immune systems in combating cancer is described in the same manner as the political process that can lead to crimes against humanity.
Mouthpiece Ann Coulter’s dialogue is my responsibility. It must be said that her statements are unconscionable. It must be said that I will not support acts that I view as wicked.
I am a Christian. My religion informs my politics, not vice versa. It is important to me from a moral perspective how politicians make their money. A politician’s spiritual beliefs are important to me. If a politician lists one of his favorite authors on facebook as L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, instead of Ralph Waldo Emerson, that is important to me. If a close member of a politician’s circle – family – fantasizes publically about violence against the President and isn’t publically reprimanded, this is important to me.
This week, our extended family welcomed with some medical drama a new little soul into our circle. I am Pro-Life, and I am Pro-Choice, perhaps making me hated by people I love from either side. It is possible to be both in the secular arena, and I pray that the distinctions I have made in my heart are also acceptable to God. My job is to get on God’s side, not to expect Him to get on mine. When I read the Christian Bible, Old and New Testaments, all of it, I read things that sound nothing like are being described by Mouthpiece Coulter and her tribe. I see only some hints of democracy, and these with consistently imperfect execution. I see that all systems that we come up with are going to fail on some individual level, and can lead a people into disaster if a leader isn’t humble, grateful, and informed.
The French Gypsies are coming to town next week. I’m going to ask if they want to make a trip to Manzanar with me. It is near Mt. Whitney – the highest point on the continental U.S. – and Death Valley – the lowest point in the country.
This is our home.
Smackdown QUOTES of the BLOG:
Quote of the Blog from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “A man is what he thinks about all day long…”
Quote of the Blog from L. Ron Hubbard at the Eastern Science Fiction Association, 7 November 1948: “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, start a religion.
Photo of Auschwitz guard tower, by Bill Hunt, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the camp in January 2005.